Take Heart


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Take Heart

The quest to rid Australasia of Rheumatic Heart Disease.

Year: 2016

Duration: 52 minutes

Genre: Documentary

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Writer: Mike Hill

Producer: Sue Collins and Mike Hill

Director: Mike Hill

Take Heart reveals the incredible true-life stories of young people living with Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), and the families and health workers caring for them. The stakes are high for these kids, RHD is life-threatening and they must comply to strict medication schedules to stay alive. Regular health checks, restricted activities and frequent hospital admissions are commonplace and they rely on the support of their family, friends and community health workers to keep them on track. This is not easy as most young people living with RHD are from poor, disadvantaged and often remote communities. Perhaps this situation is made worse knowing that RHD is 100% preventable. Take Heart recently won nine awards at the Global Independent Film Awards including Gold Medal, Best Featurette, Silver Medal, Best Documentary.